Recycling Tag

Have you ever had an experience like this: You arrive at your local Island Return It Recycling Centre with a load of empty bottles and cans to recycle. Once you've sorted them, you bring them up to the counter where a staff member counts them and tallies up your refund. Except, first she pulls a few cans out and explains that while she can recycle them, there is no deposit on them to refund. You most likely felt confused and bewildered.  In this blog post, I would like to explain why some cans have deposits and some do not. It's not a matter of international borders (we don't discriminate), it has nothing to do with individual bottle depots or recycling centres and it most certainly is not a preferential thing either. However please keep in mind: this information applies only to B.C. recycling centres. It's much simpler than that. Whether or not you get...

We get it, recycling can be messy and sticky and even stinky so we would like to offer you a few suggestions to help make your trip to Island Return It Recycling Centre as simple as possible. Make It A Habit When you do the dishes at after dinner, make it a habit to use the rinse water to rinse out empty bottles and cans. Do them all together as you do other chores so that it doesn't feel as though you're always rinsing out the recycling. A book called "Psycho-Cybernetics" first published in the 1970s suggests that if you repeat an action regularly for 21 days it will become a habit. While there is no clinical evidence based on controlled experiments to support this theory it has been repeated often enough that we feel obligated to mention it. Habit, I suppose. A Dedicated Space [caption id="attachment_189" align="alignright" width="225"] image credit: limelightinteriors.blogspot.com[/caption] Find a spot in...

Island Return It Recycling Centres is pleased to announce that we are now able to accept expired smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for free recycling. Under the AlarmRecycle program we can accept smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms. The program is funded entirely by the environmental fee applied to the sale of new alarms sold in BC which is why we are able to take them without charging a fee. Typically the fee that you pay at the point of purchase is $1.20 on a new smoke alarm and $0.60 on new CO alarms. So as with other electronics you've already paid the price, now take advantage of the service!...

You've heard us say this before: This is more than a business, Its a lifestyle for us. We eat, sleep and breath recycling and while we've really been having a lot of fun with you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest now we're adding another platform to the mix: Google Plus. The reason for the new addition is simple, We want to be where you will find us. A Page For Each Depot Unlike our other social media accounts where we only have one to speak for the whole company, on Google Plus we have a different page for each depot. Victoria, Sidney, Duncan, Saltspring Island and Campbell River all have their own unique voices on Google plus and if you live in one of those communities you will feel right at home on our page. We share information and trivia facts about recycling, we share contests, photos and links to really awesome articles...

**This article was originally published by Matraea Mercantile With little kids come big messes. When people become new parents they learn how quickly extra waste accumulates, mountains of outgrown clothes form and discarded toys abound. I remember thinking that I would never catch up with the overwhelming pile of baby clothes that no longer fit and the loud battery-operated toys from well-meaning grandparents that made my ears ring and startled the baby. At the time, I thought I was creating more waste for the landfill and my conscience was eating me alive, I wish I had known then about Island Return It’s recycling programs. Surprising Items That Can Be Recycled 1)      Electronic Toys. When Elmo finally stops screaming for tickles don’t toss him in the trash, bring him down to your local Island Return It Recycling Centre and drop him off. The Electronic Toy Recycling Program is the first of its kind in North...